I’ve been avoiding this topic – the whole lockout, now turned lockouts situation – for a few reasons. First of all, sports are fun, they’re entertaining. I’m well aware that it’s business, but it’s business for those involved in the business end of things. As for me…well, I’m a fan. I often take a Wizard of Oz approach to sports, choosing to not mind the man behind the curtain. Furthermore, I simply don’t have a mind for numbers. Aside from being intrigued and sometimes impressed by statistics, I’ve never been much of a stats junkie. Numbers just don’t stick. There was a time I was able to rattle off a Bucks player’s height, weight, etc. – whatever was listed on the back of the Usinger’s fan promo basketball cards – but those days, and those players, are long gone. And, these reasons, coupled with the fact that I’m simply a blogger and not a reporter, mean that I can ignore the situation in writing if I so choose. But, considering it’s the headline in sports right now, and baseball basically has to battle for their fair share of coverage on SportsCenter, I figure I should at least address the issue here.
Despite my best attempts to generally ignore it, I can’t. I need to know if I’m going to see the Packers and the Bucks play this year. And, despite my virtual aversion to numbers, I get the basics of the financial arguments. This being said, my arguments regarding the lockouts have more to do with the way the situations are and/or may be eventually perceived by the fans. Personally, I think this is more of a concern for the NBA than it is for the NFL –because of the current state of negotiations for both, as well as the reported financial state of each entity. Given the economy in which this is all taking place, how much patience does the average fan have for the arguments of those fortunate enough to engage in play – or even the business end of play – for a living? I wonder.
So what do you think? As a fan, where do you stand on the NFL lockout issue? The NBA lockout? It’s the FANdemonium poll – or polls – of the week. Log on to the FANdemonium facebook page to vote. And post your comments on the issue while you’re there. In the meantime…GO BREWERS!